What is Prosea?
PROSEA stands for Plant Resources of South-East Asia and is: an international programme focused on the documentation of information on plant resources of South-East Asia; interdisciplinary, covering the fields of agriculture, forestry, horticulture and botany; a research programme, making the knowledge available for education and extension; ecologically focused on promoting plant resources for sustainable tropical land-use systems; committed to conservation of biodiversity; committed to rural development through diversification of resources and application of farmers’ knowledge.
PROSEA 17: ‘Fibre plants’
Volume 17 deals with plants of South-East Asia that are cultivated or collected from the wild as fibre plants. A broad definition of fibre plants has been applied, and they are considered to comprise: plants used for textiles, cordage, and paper (including those used for toothbrushes, sponges and cork); plants used for making baskets, mats and wickerwork (including brooms); and plants used for packing and thatching (including leaves used as platters, for garments and as sandpaper). This diverse group includes species producing the well-known plant fibres of international trade such as cotton, jute and flax, of which the use dates back to early civilizations. The group also includes many lesser-known fibre plants, which are of regional or local importance only.